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Will “The Ring” Series See A Third Movie?

Will “The Ring” Series See A Third Movie?

Jan 28, 2016

In the year 2002, an American version of a Japanese horror film was released. Based off the movie Ringu, The Ring is a horror / psychological thriller about a VHS tape with a curse attached to it. Anyone who dares to view the tape’s footage would undoubtedly die exactly one week later. It is rumored that exactly seven days after viewing the tape, the ghost of a small girl will appear on the television screen and steal the life of the viewer. A local journalist named Rachel Keller (played by Naomi Watts) takes it upon herself to unravel the mystery of the tape when several teenagers of the town, including one of Rachel’s loved ones, were found to have caught the bait and fallen victim to the dreadful curse. Unfortunately, Rachel has to watch the tape in order to get a lead in her investigation, making herself and her son a target for the ghost. She has exactly seven days to stop the curse before the race ends and her life is taken. The Ring was a hit among horror film fans in America. This resulted in the release of The Ring Two – a continuance of the investigation. With help from Rachel’s new friend, Sam, she hoped to successfully bring this case to a close once and for all. Rachel has confirmed that the ghost is a small girl named Samara, who was murdered by her parents long ago. Rachel’s seven days have come and gone, meaning she is bound to be hunted at any moment. In The Ring Two, dark details of Samara’s life and the tape’s background are discovered. It seemed that The Ring Two brought the story of Samara’s haunting to an end, but rumors are spreading around the internet of a third movie. What more is there to add to the story? According to the seemingly incomplete imdb.com profile of “Rings” (also referred to as The Ring Three and Rings 3D), Naomi Watts will not be returning to the screen as Rachel. Samara will be played by a much older actress than in the previous two movies, and a couple release dates are floating around the web. The trailer...

Risen

Risen

Jan 27, 2016

When a recently buried body disappears, Roman military figure Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes) is given orders to take charge and get to the bottom of it. Pressure builds for Clavius as the Emperor is expected to arrive anytime. The Roman military believes that the believers of Christ swiped the body from its tomb. Rumors are spreading that the body was not stolen, but the dead man has risen. Clavius finds himself uncertain of what he truly believes. Risen tells the biblical story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the unique perspective of one of the men who killed him. We have all heard the story of Jesus Christ. He was born to Mary Magdalene, who was said to be a virgin. Most of us have learned many details of what his life was supposedly like growing up. As an adult, he told the world who he was – the son of God. There were people who had faith in him, but many did not. He was ultimately crucified for claiming to be the son of God. As the story goes, Jesus rose from the grave three days after his body was placed in the tomb to be sealed. In the film industry, there have been countless movies made about Jesus. Viewers may hear about this movie and think “great, ANOTHER bible movie!”, but Risen appears to have an appealing difference. Almost all of the other “Jesus movies” are primarily focused on the events that lead to Jesus’ death, or the mere fact that he was crucified. Little is told about what happens afterwards – Risen is different in that sense. It is unique in the way it tells the story of Christ. The main character is not Jesus himself, but a well-respected member of the Roman military named Clavius. The story is not told as a significant point in one religion’s background, but as a historical manhunt. This may not come as a surprise to many, but bloodshed is expected to be seen in this movie. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has rated Risen PG-13 for “biblical violence, including some disturbing images”. This exciting film is set to release in America on...

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Jan 26, 2016

A human boy has been orphaned and left in the jungle. With no parents, his only hope for survival is a pack of wolves who raise him as one of their own. As the boy, named Mowgli, grows a little older, he discovers that there are some species of the animal kingdom who are far less caring than his wolf elders. Mowgli is faced with a decision far more difficult than a boy so young should have to make – stay in the jungle where he must ultimately learn to fend for himself, or seek the unfamiliar world of human civilization. From the director who brought you Iron Man (Jon Favreau), the classic story of The Jungle Book has been re-imagined using the latest CGI technology. The Jungle Book is a title which multiple generations may recognize. It began as a child’s story. In 1967, Disney turned the book into a light-hearted cartoon movie with lots of laughs, singing, and dancing. Set to release April 15, 2016, The Jungle Book in its newest form may bring a different feel to the audience. There is currently only one trailer that has been exposed to the public. In the trailer, the only character’s voice you hear is the giant snake named Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). We know that there is more dialogue by the cast list on imdb.com. Bill Murray is the voice actor who plays Baloo, the friendly bear who worries that human civilization isn’t in Mowgli’s best interest. The audience gets to hear Christopher Walken’s voice as King Louie, the “king of the apes”. Idris Elba brings words to Shere Khan, the villain tiger who despises all humans and wishes death upon Mowgli. On the other hand, the music is deep and intense behind several screenshots of little light. Will this version of The Jungle Book have a dark feel? According to a published interview with director Jon Favreau (via twitter), they team hopes to preserve the older generations’ nostalgia with a certain amount of music while placing the new film into the “action” genre. With limited footage, it is difficult to predict the movie’s tone. Fans will be able to make their...

Sci-Fi Novel Has “Waved” Into Theaters

Sci-Fi Novel Has “Waved” Into Theaters

Jan 25, 2016

A peaceful weekday takes a frightening turn when an evil, extraterrestrial species invades planet Earth. The catastrophe has left homes and families in shambles, and the worst has yet to come. Teenager Cassie Sullivan has miraculously survived the first four waves of disaster, but the aliens have kidnapped the only family she has left. Time is running out for Cassie to overcome the earth-shattering obstacles and rescue her little brother. The movie is based off the 2013 novel, written by author Rick Yancey. It is titled “The 5th Wave” because the story’s main focus is on the style of invasion. The aliens, also known as “the others”, attempt to destroy Earth in five waves. Wave number one knocked out all electricity. The second wave caused an earthquake beyond our imagination. Wave number three piled up the bodies with worldwide disease. Wave number four is when the aliens begin inhabiting human bodies, causing people to turn against each other in fear of their own lives. Want to find out what disaster the 5th wave brings upon civilization? The book must be read or the movie must be watched to find out. One incredibly common trend in motion picture entertainment is visualizing novels by transforming them into movies or television series, some becoming far more successful than others. Take the Harry Potter series, for example. The British wizard by the name of Harry Potter and his magic-wielding friends return to Hogwarts school of magic year after year. His adventures were imagined by J.K. Rowling and written over the span of seven books. On November 16, 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released as a film. Theaters across America had scores of wand-wielding, uniform-wearing followers camping outside the ticket booth, awaiting admission to a dream come true. The film grossed in the United States at over $300 million dollars. The 5th Wave is a brand new movie release. It hits theaters a few days ago on January 22, 2016. It has been rated PG-13 by The Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) for violence and distruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language, and brief teen partying. Will Cassie survive the apocalyptic invasion and be reunited with...

Zootopia — An All-Ages Animated Gem

Zootopia — An All-Ages Animated Gem

Jan 24, 2016

Sloths for employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles, a moose for a television news anchor, and hamsters walking to the office in suits – all expected sightings in Disney’s newest animated movie, Zootopia. In a city where all members of the animal kingdom drive cars, the citizens are somehow caught off guard when a bunny (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is welcome to the police force. Rookie Sargent Judy Hopps (see what they did there?) finds herself in a police force of lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), facing the challenge of proving she is worthy of her badge. When serious crime strikes the peaceful metropolitan area, Hopps and a fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) team up to save the city. Disney is notorious for connecting viewers to the world around them by animating objects and animals into human-like situations. Finding Nemo (2003) tells a story about a single father clown fish who travels across the ocean in search of his son. Cars (2006) is an animated film about a living race car who learns about the important things in life. Any kid born in the 1980’s or 1990’s will likely admit to once believing that the inanimate objects filling their bedrooms would converse when humans left the room. Disney Pixar Animation Studio’s first movie, Toy Story (1995), may have been an inspiration for such wild thinking. While Disney adds a unique touch to each film, they continue to teach children life lessons of compassion and believing in yourself. Nostalgia of the Disney logo and style appeal to parents and older siblings, providing a good time for an all-ages audience through motion picture. If a movie has the Disney logo attached to it, you can expect minimal restrictions from the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA). According to imdb.com, Zootopia is rated PG for “some thematic elements, rude humor and action”. In other words, the movie is perfectly safe for younger children, but may contain a couple silly jokes that have the potential to offend someone. Zootopia is expected to hit theaters on March 4,...

Zoolander 2 — A Cult Classic Making A Comback!

Zoolander 2 — A Cult Classic Making A Comback!

Jan 23, 2016

Actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back – making a second appearance in theaters as Derek Zoolander and Hansel. Brought by Paramount Pictures is the comedy hit of two male models, once sworn enemies, joining forces in Zoolander 2 to save the lives of their fellow “beautiful people” as well as their reputations in the modeling world. The prequel to Zoolander 2, simply known as Zoolander, released September 28, 2001. When Zoolander’s career begins to plummet, he becomes manipulated and tricked into changing jobs from a world-known fashion inspiration to assassin of Malaysia’s Prime Minister. As events unfold, Zoolander and Hansel discover that once the two boys put their competitive attitudes and personal differences aside, they make a dazzling, butt-kicking duo. Starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, with support roles played by Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor, the cast list of Zoolander features faces that any humor-loving, film viewer would recognize. This stays true throughout the second film. Zoolander 2 is blessed to have many of these same actors and actresses, with a few extra famous faces. While Donald Trump nor Milla Jovovich expected to make a second appearance, pop stars Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato will happily have a few lines to memorize for the film. It is no surprise that Ben Stiller is starring in a sequel – his acting career is filled with “second” and “third” movies. Meet the Parents was released in October, 2000, followed by Meet the Fockers in 2004. A more family-friendly piece of Stiller’s career released in December, 2006 under the name Night at the Museum. Night at the Museum 2 came out in 2009. The two Night at the Museum movies were such box office hits that director Shawn Levy put together Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in 2014. If “slapstick” or “satire” are words that describe what makes you burst with laughter, expect to be purchasing a movie ticket in the near future. Zoolander 2 has yet to receive a rating from the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA), but it is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12,...

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